OMIBS optical microscopy course at the MBL, 19-29 August 2019, Woods Hole, USA


Dear fellow microscopists,

We are excited to announce the 2019 “Optical Microscopy and Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences” (OMIBS) course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, USA. The course will run this year from Aug 19th – Aug 29th. This course is challenging, intensive and may leave you exhausted, but the instructors are enthusiastic and fun and are looking forward to teaching you!

Applications are accepted through Tuesday May 14th and should be submitted via the course website at: http://www.mbl.edu/education/courses/optical-microscopy-imaging/

Please join us or encourage your lab members or colleagues to attend the late summer OMIBS course!

Alison North (Rockefeller University) and Joerg Bewersdorf (Yale University), Course Directors

*Cost:*Tuition: $3,600 (Includes text, handouts, supplies). Room and board: $750.00.The course is limited to 24 students.

Course overview: The course takes participants all the way from the fundamentals of optical microscopy through to state-of-the-art, multi-dimensional wide field fluorescence, confocal, multiphoton, multispectral, deconvolution, super-resolution and light-sheet microscopy systems. Participants will learn through lectures, hands-on exercises, problem sets, demonstrations and discussions, specifically designed to drive home the principles and applications of modern microscopy.

A strong emphasis is placed on sample preparation, including choice of fluorescent probes and fluorescent proteins, and tissue clearing and refractive index matching. Great stress will also be placed on ‘picking the right tool for the job’. Students will learn to obtain and interpret microscope images of high quality, to assess data for common errors and artifacts, and to perform quantitative optical measurements. In the problem sets, small groups of students will acquire, analyze, interpret and present imaging data, thereby demonstrating their progress toward mastering microscopy and imaging skills.

Who will benefit? The course is designed primarily for research scientists, postdoctoral trainees and graduate students in the biological sciences. Facility Directors and non-biologists seeking a comprehensive introduction to microscopy and digital imaging in the biomedical sciences will also benefit greatly from this course.

Specimens: Live and fixed specimens will be provided for use in laboratory exercises and demonstrations. Students can bring their own, fixed biological specimens and discuss individual research problems with the faculty. Students are also encouraged to make appointments with our highly experienced commercial faculty outside of scheduled classes to acquire data from their specimens using the available state-of-the-art equipment.

Academic Faculty for 2019:

Allen, John (MBL/Vendor Faculty)
Bewersdorf, Joerg (Yale University)
Day, Richard (Indiana University)
Elliott, Amicia (NIH)
Fullerton, Stephanie (Vendor Faculty)
Gligorijevic, Bojana (Temple University)
Goodwin, Paul (Vendor Faculty)
Ji, Na (UC Berkeley)
King, Sharon (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital)
La Riviere, Patrick (University of Chicago)
Lavis, Luke (Janelia Research Campus)
Legant, Wesley (UNC Chapel Hill)
Lessard, Mark (Yale University
Leung, Jacqueline (Indiana University)
McCall, Andrew (SUNY Buffalo)
McIlvain, Jim (MBL/Vendor Faculty)
North, Alison (The Rockefeller University)
Rego, Hesper (Yale University)
Richardson, Douglas (Harvard University)
Shaw, Sidney (Indiana University)
Thawani, Akanksha (Princeton University)
Winfree, Seth (Indiana University)
Yellen, Gary (Harvard University)

We are grateful to the following companies for their loyal and enthusiastic support of the OMIBS course:
Major support: Hamamatsu, GE, Leica, Nikon, PCO, Zeiss
Additional support: Abbelight, Abberior, Andor, Arivis, AVR Optics, Axiom Optics, BioVision, Bitplane, Bruker/Luxendo, Caliber ID, Chroma, Coherent, Double Helix, Ibidi, ISS, Mizar, Thermofisher, Thorlabs, TomoCube and VisiTech and others who are yet to be confirmed!